Total loan: $3,250

Panimatzalam Group

San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of high quality thread.

Panimatzalam Group's story

Maya women have traditionally woven, sewn and embroidered magnificent, colorful textiles throughout Mexico and Central America. Often, these textiles have depicted religious beliefs, social status of the wearer, animals, birds, as well as flowers, plants and trees.

Zoila, a 52-year-old artisan, fabricates these textiles. She weaves belts or “fajas”, as well as beautiful blouses or “huipiles”. She shares, “I learned to weave, sew and embroider our traditional textiles from my mother. I value her a great deal.” Zoila is married, a mother of 4 children (over 18), and has a 3rd grade education. With the income from her business, combined with that of her husband’s farming business, each of the children had a complete education. She is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of high quality thread.

Zoila is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Panimatzalam” located in the department/state of Solola. There are 6 Maya K’iche ladies in the group who would like to invest in their textile and farming (vegetables, flowers) businesses. The ladies participate in educational trainings (health, family, women, business) at their monthly meetings. Zoila shares, “All of the topics are important for me so that I can improve my personal and family life, as well as my business. The topics I like the best are self esteem, and budgeting/managing my loan."

Zoila and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world. Thank you!